Thursday, December 16, 2010


On my quest for the perfect holiday drink, my friend, Lia, turned me on to Glühwein. I'd never heard of this beverage before, but was determined to try it after a quick glance of the ingredients. This is the perfect way to warm up on cold winter day, especially after coming in from playing in the snow (for mom and dad of course, don't serve this to the kids!). Not only does it taste heavenly, it fills your house with delicious aromas of cloves and cinnamon. This is definitely going to become a Christmas tradition in our house, and hopefully in yours, too!

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle red wine
  1. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer.
  2. Cut the orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place peel in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy.
  3. Pour in the wine, and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves. Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break.)

1 comment:

  1. Sounds perfect for a cold night in front of the fire.